Directory of World Cinema: Brazil (Book)

Best known to international audiences for its carnivalesque irreverence and recent gangster blockbusters, Brazilian cinema is gaining prominence with critics, at global film festivals and on DVD shelves. This volume seeks to introduce newcomers to Brazilian cinema and to offer valuable insights to those already well-versed in the topic. It brings into sharp focus some of the most important movements, genres and themes from across the eras of Brazilian cinema, from cinema novo to musical chanchada, the road movie to cinema de bordas, avant-garde to pornochanchada. Delving deep beyond the surface of cinema, the volume also addresses key themes such as gender, indigenous and diasporic communities and Afro-Brazilian identity. Situating Brazilian cinema within the country's changing position in the global capitalist system, the essays consider uneven modernization, class division, dictatorship, liberation struggles and globalization alongside questions of entertainment and of artistic innovation.

Category: Film Studies

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Best known to international audiences for its carnivalesque irreverence and recent gangster blockbusters, Brazilian cinema is gaining prominence with critics, at global film festivals and on DVD shelves. This volume seeks to introduce newcomers to Brazilian cinema and to offer valuable insights to those already well-versed in the topic. It brings into sharp focus some of the most important movements, genres and themes from across the eras of Brazilian cinema, from cinema novo to musical chanchada, the road movie to cinema de bordas, avant-garde to pornochanchada. Delving deep beyond the surface of cinema, the volume also addresses key themes such as gender, indigenous and diasporic communities and Afro-Brazilian identity. Situating Brazilian cinema within the country's changing position in the global capitalist system, the essays consider uneven modernization, class division, dictatorship, liberation struggles and globalization alongside questions of entertainment and of artistic innovation.

Louis Bayman is a lecturer in film studies at King's College, London. He is the author of Directory of World Cinema: Italy, also published by Intellect.

Natália Pinazza is an associate lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Introduction by the Editors 

Film of the Year 
5 x Favela, Now By Ourselves

Star Study 
Carmen Miranda

Film-makers 
Glauber Rocha
José Mojica Marins
Walter Salles

Cultural Crossover 
Cinema de Bordas in Brazil

The Re-emergence of Brazilian Cinema: A Brief History

Festival Focus 
Film Festivals in Brazil

Early Years

Cinema Novo

Gender

Music

Afro-Brazilian Identity

The Representation of the Brazilian Indian

 

Diaspora

DocumentaryAdaptation

Comedy

Road Movie

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